Melania’s curveball? Mrs Trump’s smile fades as she stands next to Donald at Braves game in their first public outing together since April
Former first lady Melania Trump smiled widely as she made her first public appearance with Donald Trump since April – but one camera caught the moment the former first lady’s beaming expression slipped as she stood next to her husband.
The moment at the Atlanta Braves World Series game against the Houston Astros on Saturday came as the crowd cheered for the couple who even joined in the Braves signature ‘Tomahawk’ gesture prior to the start of the game.
Trump and Melania were both seen to be smiling broadly with the former president looking comfortable as he gestured and pointed to spectators who waved.
Melania Trump was appearing alongside her husband at a World Series baseball game
The former First Lady appeared happy together with her husband when suddenly the smile drained from her face
Although it only lasted a split second, Melania’s face turned stone cold while her husband continued to point, gesture and wave at those in the crowd
As television cameras were trained on the couple, Melania suddenly turned her face away, and rolled her eyes, with her signature smile gone in an instant.
It didn’t take long before social media users attempted to diagnose what might be troubling her.
‘Simply miserable’ wrote one.
‘That’s the face a woman makes when the guy beside her makes her sick,’ Tweeted one user.
‘So much joy, you’re gonna get tired of all the joy,’ joked another using one of Donald Trump’s old lines when he talked about ‘winning’.
‘She married it because she thought it would be a step up. She has no idea how far down it has taken her,’ wrote Kim Steed.
Twitter users quickly chimed in as the clip hit the internet, with one user musing: ‘I don’t think she wants to be there’
Trump stood beside former first lady Melania, as they chopped away with fans before the game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros from a private suite.
It was the first time Melania has been seen in public since July, when she was spotted leaving the Trump Tower in New York City with son Barron.
Saturday night’s outing for the former First Couple was the first time they had been pictured together since Easter.
Melania’s quickly changing expressions have documented before, most famously at his 2017 inauguration when just before taking the oath of office, her look turned to one of severity despite seconds earlier smiling broadly at her husband.
On several other occasions, attempts by the former president to hold her hand have been soundly swatted away by Melania.
Melania Trump appeared to refuse to hold her husband Donald’s hand as they disembarked from Air Force One in Washington DC in August 2016
The president reached out again, but Melania kept her hand tucked tightly against her skirt
The First Lady appeared to pull her hand away from her husband’s grasp while disembarking Air Force One in 2018
Back in January 2020, cameras caught the first lady appearing to reject Trump’s attempt to hold her hand as they stood on the field at the College Football Championship in New Orleans.
The following month the couple were seen disembarking from Air Force One when Donald reached out for Melania’s hand, not realizing that she had tucked it inside her coat.
Perhaps the most famous example was in April 2018, in the wake of revelations that Donald had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and had paid her to keep silent.
In that incident, the couple were attending a state ceremony on the White House Lawn when Donald began extending his pinkie finger in an obvious signal that he wanted to hold Melania’s hand.
Melania seemed to ignore his invitation and kept her hand pinned to her side as Donald awkwardly grabbed onto it.
She was then seen shuffling sideways away from her husband, as if to move out of his reach.
Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania perform the tomahawk chop before for Game 4 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves
This year, the 51-year-old former First Lady has only been seen out and about a dozen times since the Trumps left the White House in January of this year – after which Melania has seemingly tried to maintain a much more private lifestyle.
Images taken by guests at the Palm Beach resort and shared on social media show Melania and Donald, 75, sitting side-by-side at a round table outdoors at one of Mar-a-Lago’s restaurants in April, with the mother-of-one looking chic in an elegant sleeveless dress.
For the most part, Melania appears to have been relishing a much more private lifestyle since leaving the White House at the start of the year.
She seldom makes appearances in the nine months that she has been living in Florida with her husband and their 15-year-old son, Barron.
She also appeared to miss her husband’s 75th birthday in June.
There she is! Melania Trump made her second appearance of the week on Wednesday night, when she was seen enjoying dinner with her husband Donald at Mar-a-Lago in Florida
Donald and Melania Trump are shown arriving for a dinner in Mar-A-Lago in video posted on Instagram on April 10th, 2021
Donald Trump and Melania Trump have rarely been seen pictured together this year. They were last pictured in public at an Easter event at Mar-a-Lago at the start of April